CHINNERY Roy Victor 406611

LEST WE FORGET

Flight Sergeant Roy Victor CHINNERY

Service No: 406611
Born: Bayswater WA, 22 June 1912
Enlisted in the RAAF: 3 February 1941
Unit: No. 461 Squadron, RAF Hamworthy UK
Died: Air Operations: (No. 461 Squadron Sunderland aircraft T9113), Bay of Biscay, 1 September 1942, Aged 30 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of George Joseph and May Chinnery; husband of Muriel Chinnery, of Subiaco, Western Australia.
Roll of Honour: Perth WA
Remembered: Panel 111, Runnymede Memorial, Surrey UK
Remembered: Panel 108, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA
Remembered: Rathmines Memorial Bowling Club, Rathmines NSW

Again the enemy showed bitter air opposition to these Bay (of Biscay) patrols and Australians had five combats early in the month, one resulting in the loss of a No. 461 Sunderland on 1st September (1942).

Extract from Herington, J. (John) (406545) Air War Against Germany and Italy 1939-1943, Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1954 – Page 294

On 1st September 1942 Pilot Officer R Hosband and crew in Sunderland T9113 (UT-F) disappeared while on an anti-submarine patrol over the Bay.  The only reports received from the aircraft were that they were being attacked by two Ju-88s, then an SOS. Nothing further was heard.

The crew members of T 9113 were:

Sergeant Norman Jack Alecock (1156113) (RAFVR) (Flight Mechanic / Air Gunner)
Sergeant Donald Maurice Bowd (903991) (RAFVR) (Flight Engineer)
Flight Sergeant Roy Victor Chinnery (406611) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flying Officer Louis Gordon Emrys-Jones (400272) (Third Pilot)
Sergeant Ernest Richard Eva (405202) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Sergeant Cyril Ernest Hayward (1001001) (RAFVR) (Flight Mechanic / Air Gunner)
Flying Officer Robert Henry Holloway Hosband (404734) (Pilot)
Flight Sergeant Samuel King (626282) (RAF) (Wireless Mechanic / Air Gunner)
Flying Officer Donald Ian Stewart (401091) (Observer / Air Gunner)
Flying Officer Oscar Lovelock Wennholm (403613) (Second Pilot)
Sergeant Joseph Ingelby White (1098657) (RAFVR) (Air Gunner)

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A9186, 148 (No. 461 Squadron Operations Record Book)
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line

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